Child's, The English And Scottish Ballads

Volume 7 of 8 from 1860 edition - online book

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274               THE COURTEOUS KNIGHT.
" If ye be a courteous knight,                                      «
As I trust not ye be, Ye'U answer some o' the sma' questions
That I will ask at thee.
" What is the fairest flower, tell me,
That grows in muir or dale ?                                   »>
Likewise, which is the sweetest bird
Sings next the nightingale ? Or what's the finest thing," she says,
" That king or queen can wale ?
" The primrose is the fairest flower                           sb
That grows in muir or dale ; The mavis is the sweetest bird
Next to the nightingale; And yellow gowd's the finest thing
That king or queen can wale.                                 «>
" Ye ha'e asked many questions, lady,
I've you as many told ;" " But, how many pennies round
Make a hundred pounds in gold ?
" How many of the small fishes,                                   6s
Do swim the salt seas round ? Or, what's the seemliest sight you'll see
Into a May morning ? "
" Berry-brown ale, and a birken speal,
And wine in a horn green;                                       70
A milk-white lace in a fair maid's dress, Looks gay in a May morning."
60,66, mire.                         64, wfle.